A visit to the Soviet exhibition at the New York Coliseum raises more questions than it answers. A visitor sees, for example, a Russian-made automobile. But what does this tell him about the comparative state of the Russian and American motor industries? What does the Russian car cost to produce? How does it run? Is it actually in mass production? How many are turned out? How many Russians could afford one?
American automobile engineers tell us that the Chaika, for example (a car made only for officials), is not mass produced, that there is no original engineering in it, that the Russian designers are imitating even our mistakes. But most of the questions above are questions that even an American engineer cannot answer. A better expert is someone who has lived in
Image of Abundance
"The products and models at the exposition are… a distinct surprise to someone who works and travels in the
"The restraint in showing toys and drugs and household goods reflects the low priorities assigned to such goods in the
.The large, sleek Packard-like limosine Zil is produced exclusively for chauffeured government duty. The small Moskvich advertised as an ‘economy’ car would cost a Russian worker at least a year’s wages and many years of patient waiting….
"The majority of Russian city folk must still live in communal apartments, four and more to a room, sharing bathroom and kitchen with two and more families…. Few Russians enjoy built-in kitchen cabinets like those in the model apartment. A few similar sets caused a sensation in
"A visit to the
Real Facts on Output
To those who have followed factual studies of the Russian economy there should be nothing surprising in this report. In Newsweek of
These facts reveal how ludicrous are the Russian claims that they are about to equal or surpass us in "peaceful production" or living standards for their people. In this respect they are still enormously behind not only the
And in propaganda, she is enormously our superior. She can put on an exhibition that gives false impressions of merit, whereas our own exhibition at